Mondly and Babbel are both large, relatively inexpensive online language learning platforms that offer a number of courses to encourage regular practice of a new language. Babbel is the more popular course, and although Mondly isn’t as well-known, it’s still often recommended.
Here are a few of the key differences between Mondly and Babbel:
- Babbel’s courses are well-structured, focus on language that you’ll use in real-life, and comprehensively teach the language.
- Mondly’s courses are available for more languages but they aren’t as well thought out. They offer more unique features (VR and Chatbot), but at this time, they’re more gimmicky than useful.
On the surface, they look very similar to each other, and in many ways, they are a lot alike. But, their differences are very significant.
The quickest way to describe these differences is that…
- Pimsleur is a structured course starting at the beginner level that teaches languages in a gradual manner. It forces you to participate and form sentences in the language you’re learning.
- Glossika is a collection of sentences that you learn by repeating. It starts around a lower intermediate level and covers far more words than Pimsleur. But, it’s not as polished and has more errors.
Both courses also have interactive exercises, but they aren’t that great. Grammar is also ignored and meant to be learned naturally, but you should probably get a grammar book.
In general, I like Pimsleur much more than Glossika but neither is perfect and both can be useful. You can read the full review of Pimsleur or the full Glossika review for a more in-depth at each course individually.
Babbel and Rosetta Stone are two of the most popular language-learning apps in the world. Most people looking to get started studying are likely to have come across these two programs early on in their search for the course they want to use.
The quickest way to describe the similarities and differences between these two platforms would be…
- Babbel is a little cheaper and includes explanations and translations in English whereas Rosetta Stone uses your target language almost exclusively. Babbel teaches using longer dialogues and Rosetta Stone uses more individual sentences.
- Both platforms have well-structured lessons that build on each other but can get too repetitive. The voice recognition software for both is only okay and not too reliable. They teach several different languages but aren’t the best for learning about different cultures.
Rosetta Stone and Duolingo are two of the biggest language-learning companies in the world. Rosetta Stone, having been founded in 1992, comes from an earlier generation. Duolingo, on the other hand, was started much more recently, in 2011.
Although they’re both huge companies, the way they go about teaching languages is completely different.
The simplest way to describe the difference between the two would be…
- Duolingo is free to use, much more gamified, and the exercises rely on lots of sentence translations. It’s a good option for those who aren’t willing to spend any money, want a basic introduction to the language, or struggle with staying motivated.
- Rosetta Stone is fairly expensive, almost exclusively uses the language you’re learning, and has exercises that revolve around lots of matching pictures to words and sentences. It doesn’t have as many game-like elements and overall, is a bit less fun.
If I had to choose one or the other, it would 100% be Duolingo. I imagine if you asked someone my father’s age, they might say the opposite.
Truthfully, I’m not the biggest fan of either resource. Duolingo is decent enough but nothing amazing, and in most cases, there are resources I’d recommend instead.
Rosetta Stone, on the other hand, would be one of the last resources I’d choose to use to learn a language.
I can’t give one specific alternative course here simply because every language has different resources available. To see my top recommendations for any given language, I’d suggest clicking on your favorite language from the table below.